Isis – Egyptian Goddess? No, our gorgeous baby alpaca…
As you know, we name all our designs after one of the alpacas. They used to all belong to Tracy, but Kari-Helene is creating new designs quicker than Tracy’s alpacas are giving birth! We therefore ‘borrow’ names from Houghton Hall Alpaca Farm where our herd is professionally looked after and where we buy the majority of the fleece that makes our yarn.
This year, the alpaca names begin with the letter ‘I’. Now usually we have the cria born and named before the designs are ready for our photo shoot; this year was different – the designs were ready first! Knowing ‘I’ had to start each word, it was easy to look at the dress and think it is Iconic – so Icon is a new alpaca name, then Tracy fell in love with the coat and, having recently delved into her various books on mythology, knew ‘Isis’ is a beautiful name for both an alpaca and the coat. This meant that the cria of Beauty and Duchess were named before they actually arrived. Icon was born and is beautiful, Duchess however, didn’t feel like giving birth until over a year after she was mated. This means that she was nearly three weeks overdue!
The photo shoot was finished, images chosen, patterns tech edited, samples made but where was the namesake? Well her mother was nonchalantly nibbling at the hay feeder without a care in the world. Tracy had a quiet chat with her, but nothing… Everything was ready for the printers; Tracy made up a biography explaining about Isis being an Egyptian Goddess, worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patron of nature and magic… not particularly personal to a living cria and the timing was getting a bit too tight! Kari-Helene was at the printers, sitting with Sophie to format and layout all the pattern information, then AT LAST, Liz from the farm rang, Isis had been born. Fantastic, mother and cria both well, really great, everyone happy… well sort of because now we needed a lovely image for the Isis biography card… Liz took some and sent them through, oh dear, Isis has her mother’s attitude… she just didn’t see why she should do what we want her to do. She hid, turned her face away and was generally unhelpful, she was only 20 minutes old! Once she had managed to stand up and feed for the first time, she settled into the cush position and was gently snoozing in the sunshine when Liz took the shot. Isis is still a little damp from being born, but we think you’ll agree, she was worth the wait.